Tefur looks at Dumfis with a quizzical expression on his face and then addresses Funklebun. "It looks like the only things in here are your little gnome friends Funk and they appear to have been the victims of a Medusa spell.Make sure you examine them thoroughly and then we can go and look into the next room."
"Now I'm torn. Do I do my duty and stand guard over them or do I go after the fiend who did this!" Funklebun stamps his foot in frustration. "I should have had a twin brother! I don't suppose you can massage them back into flexibility can you? That sounds like wizard's work to me...:
A gnome way in the back row lets out a sneeze... "Ha choo!"
"Shhhh you", another gnome whispers.
Then yet another gnome springs to life, seemingly having recognized Funklebun.
"Blast! Now we're done for!" another gnome says, as it runs and hides behind a box.
"It's Funbukle. Or is it Funklebun? We're saved! The coast is clear everyone. We can relax."
[OOC: Everyone will likely have questions they want to ask the gnomes, seeing as they weren't quite the victim of a medusa or a wizard after all... ]
Lazarus is able to remove the ruby with undue effort. This reveals a very narrow tunnel running down through the statue. Not a moment later, from the tunnel comes a blast of wet heat, followed by a distant rustling. The rustling from within seems to be getting closer, very fast...
Funklebun tries to wag his finger sternly at the gnomes while lecturing them on code violations but finds a croak in his voice and a tear welling up in his eyes. "Come here, you daft buggers! I'm going to hug you so tight you'll never run away again."